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The Power of Bedtime Stories

The Power of Bedtime Stories

Article Review of  No Bedtime Stories Affect Children’s Literacy.  Article by Vishakha Sonawane, ParentHerald, 8/21/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. When our children are little, it makes only sense that we as the adult are reading to them.  Great stories like Goodnight Moon, Fancy Nancy, Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, and Little Critter books were only some of the favorites in my household.  But as one would expect, our children grow and become independent readers.  They no longer need us to read them these stories, or do they?  It has been discovered that parents who stop reading a nightly bedtime story to their child around the age of seven are seeing a negative impact on their child’s literacy. A study read more[…]

Modern Neuroscience and Memory

Article Review of  “Learning and Memory”.  Article by Melissa A. Reilly and Jeansok J. Kim, Wiley Online Library, 1/15/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. As Educational Therapists, we should be familiar with how the brain works and where it stores its memory. We believe, preach, and practice the stimulation of brain functions in order to strengthen specific areas; however, I am not sure I have ever considered that the location where memory is stored in the brain could be stimulated to make adaptions, until today. I read an article by M. Reilly and J. Kim, from the University of Washington, entitled “Learning and Memory”. They referenced a special case from long ago. Henry Molaison, or more commonly referred to as Patient read more[…]

Increase Learning Potential through Play

Increase Learning Potential through Play

Article Review of  “Linking self-regulation, pretend play and learning in young children”.  Article by Marcy Guddemi, PHD, MBAE, SEEN Magazine (SouthEast Education Network), 8/21/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. The most amazing cookies and cupcakes I have ever eaten were made of ingredients readily on hand, took little effort, and bonded the family together while making them.  These cookies were even better than the famous Neiman Marcus or Mrs. Fields, for these cookies were made with imagination and love. Research has found that when our children come to us with imaginary food and make-believe scenarios, they are not only feeding our parental hearts, but such pretend play actually “feeds” our children’s developing brains!